Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero returned to training with Flamengo on Saturday and could be included in the team's roster for Sunday's match against Internacional de Porto Alegre, after serving a six-month ban for doping.
Guerrero arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday night from Switzerland, where on Thursday he testified at a hearing in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS) that is studying his appeal against the suspension imposed by FIFA.
The player joined this Saturday the rest of the team in a closed session and coach Maurício Barbieri could choose to leave him on the reserves bench, in the midst of the expectation that he can enter the field a few minutes depending on the evaluation of this Saturday.
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In a press conference after training, Everton Ribeiro admitted that Guerrero is eager to play again and is "training very well."
"He is training very well, scoring goals, helping out in a hurry, he is preparing to return as soon as possible," he said.
The Peruvian striker was officially authorized to return to the pitch after this week the sanction imposed after testing positive on October 5 for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine and coca leaf, after a qualifying match World Cup between Peru and Argentina in Buenos Aires.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee punished him with one year of suspension from 3 November. In December, Guerrero appealed to the FIFA Appeals Commission, which lowered the sanction from one year to six months.
Not satisfied with the reduction of the sanction, the player wanted to go to the TAS to request the total acquittal, in a hearing that was held on Thursday, the same day that ended the six months of sanction.